Chris Kasper CD Release Party
Hezekiah Jones, Jason Loughlin and The String Gliders
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Chris Kasper is an American songwriter with a style rooted in folk, rock and blues. His music has been compared to everything from Paul Simon to Beck, and draws on inspiration from musical greats such as Bill Withers and Levon Helm. With 25 years of playing under his belt, Chris’s unique storytelling and lush arrangements, combined with his studio artistry, set him apart as a standout artist of this generation.
Based in Philadelphia but a true road warrior at heart, the past 12 years have found Chris sharing the stage with the likes of Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Tristan Prettyman, Good Old War and The Wood Brothers. A solo performer to be reckoned with, Chris’s collaborative spirit also lends him great strength as a bandleader. He can often be found performing with Philadelphia staples Phil D’Agostino (bass), Kiley Ryan (fiddle) and Daniel “Scrappy” Bower (percussion).
Chris Kasper stepped into the role of producer and arranger for his 4th album, Bagabones, released October 1, 2013. The result is an album of rare depth and true originality that stands up on its own to be recognized. Bagabones was written in a small cabin owned by Chris’s late uncle in West Hurley, NY, just outside the town of Woodstock. The energy of Woodstock danced its way into these songs, along with the calm of Byrdcliffe Mountain and a generous homage to Chris’s musical heroes. Engineered by Matt Muir of Kawari Studios and mastered by Philly soul producer Jim Salamone (Teddy Pendergrass), this record captures a sound rarely found from a self-produced, independent artist. Kelsey Butterworth of The 9:30 Club in DC warns listeners, “…make room in your heart for this record and this artist. This music hits you like a train.”
Bagabones is preceded by The First Hundred Years are the Hardest (2011), Chasing Another Sundown (2009), and FlyingBoy (2006). For more information, visit www.chriskasper.com.
Hezekiah Jones is the musical vehicle for Raphael Cutrufello, a Philadelphia-based musician who has been recording with his bandmates--AKA the family Jones--since 2006. Their newest creation, In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw, will be released by Woodfarm Records in late fall, 2015.
Drawn to the cartography of imaginary worlds, Raphael began writing soundtracks to nonexistent science fiction films in middle school. He has written about everything from the inability to grow a proper beard to letters from 30 years in the future, to psychic mobility, or the lack thereof.
The perpetual sense of next that defines Raph’s lyrical sensibility has earned him loyal fans who reside in the sweet spot for an artist: they support Hezekiah Jones at live shows in order to re-experience the songs they know, while asking for new recordings to hear what will be. Like Hezekiah Jones, their community is along for the ride.
Raph grew up outside of Philadelphia, where he currently resides with his wife. His parents, a hairstylist and a bookkeeper/pie¬maker, encouraged him to explore his craft, and he spent his early years studying piano and jazz composition. Although Raph’s music is often classified as folk or indie folk rock, he is a writer devoted to serving the songs’ impulses and inherent desires, and doesn’t feel obligated to fulfill or defy the expectations of a specific genre.
Hezekiah Jones has recorded two full-¬length albums and two EPs with Yer Bird Records: Hezekiah Says You're A-¬Ok (2006), Come To Our Pool Party EP (2007), Bread of Teeth EP (2009), and Have You Seen Our New Fort? (2011). His work has also appeared on numerous compilations and side projects including a split 7" with Chris Bathgate, a collaborative full-¬length album with The Spinning Leaves, and a EP with The Moonlight Family Singers, and a number of (real) film soundtracks.
In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw marks a significant departure—and expansion—in style for Hezekiah Jones-this album is the first time the live band has participated in the recording process. Up until this release, the albums were recorded layer by layer on out¬dated equipment in bedrooms and basements across Philadelphia. This new album, though, siphons the energy of the Joneses from the stage, a blood-on-blood transfusion that underscores oosi’s theme of a gentle, loving exorcism, a letting go of the ghosts and demons that haunt our subtler bodies. We yearn to be as free from them as they want to be from us.
The record features contributions from Pocono Jones (Brad Hinton) on guitars and vocals, Pepe Jones (Philip D'Agostino) on bass, Schuylkill Jones (Matt Helm) on guitars, Kiwi Jones (Kiley Ryan) on fiddle and vocals, Roy G. Biv Jones (Daniel Bower) on drums, and interspersed throughout is Dr. Lionel J.D. Jones (Andrew Lipke) on whatever object was placed into his hands. Many additional guests also joined in on the noise-making, infusing the overall sound with the richness of fresh musical collaborations. Some of Philadelphia’s top engineers, including Brian McTear (Sharon Van Etten), Jim Salamone (Teddy Pendergrass), Andrew Lipke, and Matt Muir, have ensured In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw is the most cohesive and well-rounded of all Hezekiah Jones records to date.
Upside-down guitar playing, a family band that consists of approximately 75 people, a legend of origins as a snail: there is nothing straight forward and normal about this band, although the unflashy demeanor of the group may transmit otherwise to the unattuned. As Bruce Warren, Program Director for WXPN, says, "Raph is one of the most creative, most unique, and has a real singular voice and vision for his music."
Having spent many years on the road with such acts as Chris Kasper, Chris Bathgate, Good Old War, Samantha Crain and many others, Raph is itching to come out of his touring hiatus to support his own new release.
Jason Loughlin and The String Gliders
Jason Loughlin’s guitar playing has been defining the Brooklyn country
scene. His creative guitar work has supported artists such as Amos
Lee, Rachael Yamagata, Nellie McKay, James Burton, Jim Breuer, Lesley
Gore, Mike Viola and the Sweetback Sisters to name a few. Downbeat
Magazine calls him “an instrumentalist of great range, taste and joy”.
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